Mammograms and health screenings are usually about the farthest things away from the typical woman’s idea of a good time.
But at Puyallup Tribal Health Authority’s (PTHA) Pink Ribbon Spa Day, good health was mixed with pampering and fun. Held in the Kwawachee Spirit House all day Oct. 21, more than 140 women were treated to complimentary spa treatments, salon offerings, health screenings and vaccinations, in addition to a wealth of educational information on maintaining good health inside and out.
Two mammogram-mobiles offered women over 50 free mammograms every 15 minutes.
In total, 47 mammograms – four of which were diagnostic – and more than 40 metabolic screenings and 15 vaccines were administered.
Last year, PTHA hosted the Pink Ribbon Tea Party, which was a more laid-back event featuring stories from local cancer survivors encouraging women to seek preventative health measures and get screened.
This year, PTHA decided to bring the screenings – along with fun – directly to women of the Tribe.
“We want to increase awareness of women’s health and have people actually get their screenings,” said Shelley Wallace, patient wellness manager.
“In Native American populations, detections are usually later and the positive outcomes are usually lower. We really want to increase prevention and have fun.”
Attendees were treated to a free lunch, hair and make-up makeovers, facials and massages, and were able to make their own all-natural sugar scrubs and scented satchels to take home.
Cynthia Hildebrand, who attended the Spa Day event with her daughter, was having her first mammogram in more than nine years.
“I think it’s nice because it brings the women out together to get something done that we all need to do,” she said. “We women often put ourselves last. It’s nice to put ourselves first for a day.”